A new three-sided shelter at Bingham Bowls Club was officially opened on Saturday.
The shelter was in honour of Mr Chig Pacey, a member of the club for more than 50 years. His grandfather, Mr George Pacey, was a founding member of the club in 1922.
Mr Chig Pacey was secretary in 1961 at just the age of 31. He was then president 3 years later and in 1967 and 1980, he was club captain. He was also chairman in 1975 and 1976.
Club Chairman, Mr John Parker said that during Mr Pacey’s career, he had won endless trophies and was an excellent player. Mr Pacey died in 2012 at the age of 82 and left £1,000 to the club.
Mr Parker said that they want to spend the money to remember him by and that the new shelter had been approved by all. The greenkeepers drew up the design and the shelter was made by a club member – Mr Alec Cullen with the help of Mr Keith Handley, Mr Jim Tyler and Mr Ian Cole.
The £2,500 shelter has been named Chig’s Place and two photos of Mr Pacey have been placed inside the shelter. It has been built on the edge of the green on the opposite side of the other buildings at the club. The shelter will provide shade for members during matches.
Mrs Janet Tyler, who is a member of the club, said, “Everyone knew him at the club and he was a very popular member. he was very well liked and always around because he didn’t leave Bingham very often.”
Mr Pacey’s nephews, Mr Andrew Pacey and Mr Brian Dolby and his wife, the Reverend Christine Dolby, were invited to the club to cut a ribbon and officially open it after the match between Bingham A and Bingham B.
Mr Dolby said, the family had been delighted with the project and pleased that the club had decided to do something so memorable.